Grants and Awards

The Friends of the Libraries support the University of Minnesota Libraries in many ways, always aiming to help the Libraries realize their vision of providing intellectual leadership and extraordinary information experiences. A key component of an outstanding library is outstanding staff and student employees. Each year, the Friends sponsor staff development grants and outstanding library student employee awards.

2022 Outstanding Library Student Employee Award

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

Three students recently were honored as Outstanding Student Employees at the University of Minnesota Libraries: Grace Dean, who works in Archives and Special Collections; Taylor McBride, from Wilson Library; and Darby Ronning, a student with a special relationship to the Wangensteen Historical Library.

The three were nominated by library staff along with others in a stellar group of student employees. Members of the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries’ awards committee chose the three, who, along with receiving recognition, will be honored with a $500 cash prize.


2019 Staff Development Grant Award Recipients

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

NOTE: Staff awards will resume in 2023.

Emily Beck
Assistant Curator Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

Emily will attend and present at the 2020 annual meeting and expo of the American Alliance of Museums in San Francisco. In addition to professional development, she hopes to position the Wangensteen’s exhibit space in the new Health Sciences Education Center and gain knowledge of best practices, innovative techniques, and ideal equipment to use in programming the new exhibit space. She will present on her project “Alcohol’s Empire.”

Yao Chen
Librarian for East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and ESL

Yao will attend the 5th Sino-American Academic Library Forum on Cooperation and Development and also the Beijing International Book Fair. The two events will provide exposure to new ideas and perspectives on librarianship, establish connections with librarians in China, and explore Chinese publishing trends as well as the newest and most important publications in the field of Chinese studies.